Dare to Compare | Milani Popping Pink vs Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Fuchsia Flare

Happy Friday! I am so excited for today’s Dare to Compare post because I’m sharing two of my favorite pink nail polishes. Pink polishes are definitely one of my most owned in my collection. I think it’s because bright pink looks great on me, and it goes with almost everything. Even though I wear it quite often, there is no reason for me to hoard multiple bottles of the same color. Thus, it’s time to test out Milani Popping Pink and Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Fuchsia Flare together to see if it’s necessary to own both.

Milani – Popping Pink Milani – Popping PinkFirst up is Milani in the shade Popping Pink, a bright pink polish with peachy undertones. Popping Pink has a great formula that is opaque in two coats. It can be a bit streaky, but it evens out well. Popping Pink is a discontinued nail polish, so that always makes it difficult to declutter a polish. When I know I can never but it again, I always feel the need to keep it!

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri – Fuchsia Flare Sally Hansen Insta-Dri – Fuchsia FlareNext up is Fuchsia Flare from the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Collection. Fuchsia Flare is one of my most worn nail polishes for sure. The formula can be a bit streaky, but it is opaque in two coats and dries insanely quickly. In fact, I once applied this mere minutes before I had to meet a friend, and it didn’t smudge or ding once on my subway trip. Fuchsia Flare is my old faithful!

Milani Popping Pink vs Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Fuchsia Flare Milani Popping Pink vs Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Fuchsia FlareHere are the polishes side-by-side, with Popping Pink on my pinky and ring fingers and Fuchsia Flare on my middle and pointer fingers. It is very difficult to see any difference between the polishes in the photos, but in person Popping Pink is just slightly more peach-toned than Fuchsia Flare. Nonetheless, these polishes are nearly identical and there is no reason for me to own both! While I love both these polishes, I am going to declutter Popping Pink. I am sold by Fuchsia Flare’s quick dry formula!

All in all, I’m glad I tested out these polishes together to discover a near dupe for all of you! I know Popping Pink is discontinued, but you might still be able to find Fuchsia Flare at your local drugstore. Definitely let me know in the comments what your favorite bright pink nail polish is! I am always happy to learn your nail polish loves both here and on social media.

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  1. linda a. says:

    I have tons of bright pink, too many in fact. I love Sinful Colors Pink Forever and 24/7. Both are part of their permanent line and can be found anywhere Sinful Colors are sold. Right now I’m wearing Revlon’s Bubbly which is also available anywhere that sells Revlon. Bubbly is a gorgeous, eye popping, bubble gum pink but it’s a nightmare to apply. The brush is too small, making it very hard to smoothly cover the entire nail. It came out a streaky, patchy mess but my Sally Hansen top coat fixed everything up nicely. I also love Revlon’s Sweet Tart another bright, candy pink. Unfortunately though, Sweet Tart is hard to find.

  2. Cindi says:

    I like Poppin’ Pink better. I like the coral/peach undertones in it. Fuschia Flair looks a wee bit deeper and darker. To a non polish lover, these look like identical dupes. My favorite bright pinks are OPI La Paz-itively Hot, China Glaze Pool Party, OPI Girls Love Ponies and China Glaze Strawberry Fields,

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